Opal Lee

The Future 50 in Dallas-Fort Worth 2023: Meet the Game-Changing Disruptors Driving Innovation and Impact

by | Mar 16, 2023
These standouts—startup founders, tech pioneers, educators, creators, social innovators, and business leaders—are transforming entire industries and making waves in their respective fields. 
First Steps Begin at Site of Fort Worth’s National Juneteenth Museum
by | Feb 28, 2023
Demolition has begun at the museum's site in Fort Worth's Historic Southside neighborhood, with plans to break ground for the museum later this year. At a media event Saturday, the museum's new executive strategist, Dr. Lauren Cross (seen above with Opal Lee), was introduced and new renderings of the museum were unveiled.
Portrait of Civil Rights Icon Opal Lee, the ‘Grandmother of Juneteenth,’ Unveiled in Texas Senate
by | Feb 9, 2023
A portrait of Fort Worth's Opal Lee—known as the "Grandmother of Juneteenth" for her advocacy of the federal Juneteenth holiday—was unveiled Wednesday in the Texas Senate Chamber in Austin, where it will be permanently displayed. “Change somebody’s mind because minds can be changed,” 95-year-old Lee told reporters after the ceremony, according to NBC DFW. “If people have been taught to hate they can be taught to love, and it is up to you to do it.”

Fort Worth Pledges $15M to Advance the National Juneteenth Museum Project

by | Sep 16, 2022
Slated to be built in Fort Worth's Historic Southside neighborhood, the planned $70 million museum will get the city funding once the balance for the project has been raised. Designed by the New York office of Denmark-based Bjarke Ingels Group, the building will house the museum on its second level, with a business incubator, restaurant, 250-seat amphitheater, and storefronts at ground level. “Literally and figuratively, it was designed to be a beacon of light in an area that has been dark for a very long time,” says Jarred Howard, principal of the project's developer.